So many board books, so little time between bath and bed… The good news is that you can take board books in the car, and they can be thrown from a car seat by an angry/hungry/tired toddler without being damaged.
I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
When we as parents say that we love our children unconditionally, we mean it. As this adorable book points out, even if our children were smelly, scaly, carnivorous beasts, we would still love them with all our hearts.
Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton
As previously mentioned, I am a huge fan of Sandra Boynton. She is a tremendously prolific writer of hysterical board books full of lovable animals that have a tendency to sing, dance, and make kids smile. Barnyard Dance is one of my favorites. Her poetic verse lends itself to rhythmic storytelling. You and your child will want to act out the action on the pages, and you will have a grand ol’ time doing it. You can’t go wrong with any of Boynton’s books; I’m sure I’ll write more about her in the future. (I already wrote a funny little blog about her Belly Button Book that you might enjoy.)
How Do I Love You? by Marion Dane Bauer
Zelda just received this book from her Grandma, who can’t seem to make a trip to a store without bringing this first grandchild a little something. The book caught my attention with the first page, which begins with a slightly altered version of a well known line from Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s sonnet, in which she ponders, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” It’s full of sweet similes that compare the narrator’s love for the little girl in the illustrations. Bauer writes in rhyming verse, specifically quatrains in ballad form that are easy to read with a constant rhythm. My favorite is, “I love you as the wind loves its own sweet sound. And as our friendly Earth loves to spin around.” I can tell that Zelda will ask to read this one whenever Grandma comes to visit, which is fairly often considering that she lives a mile away.